Museum has a Royal opening

A TOWN’s museum will soon open for the first time this year with a Royal exhibition to give people a trip down memory lane.

Rushden Museum, in Hall Park, will be throwing open its doors in May with a new exhibition focusing on the period around the Queen’s Coronation to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

The look back at the post-war decade will feature part of the museum being recreated as a mock-up of a traditional 1950s style council house, complete with kitchen, lounge, and outside toilet.

Organisers hope it will attract visitors both young and old

Chairman of the museum, Sarah Peacock, said: “We thought we’d bring in the theme of the 1950s as the Coronation took place that decade and the Jubilee is happening this year.

“Hopefully it will refresh people’s minds and give children a chance to see how their grandparents lived.

“My parents were lucky enough to have a television when the Coronation took place, and they had the whole street crammed into their house to watch it on a 12-inch screen, That seems incredible now.”

Coronation paraphernalia, including spoons, tea towels and tins will be on show, as well as exhibitions on the growth of council house development in the town and major demolition jobs.

The museum will be re-opened at 11am on Saturday, May 4, by new president Tony Helsdown doing the honours. It will then be open from 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays until October. For more details visit